Fenner Brown Recommends

Books

Team of Rivals  by Doris GoodwinTeam of Rivals
Goodwin, Doris
2005
This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
Swan's Way by Marcel ProustSwan's Way
Proust, Marcel
2013
In his achievement as a novelist, Marcel Proust stands alone. Swann's Way is one of seven books that comprise In Search of Lost Time (A la recherche du temps perdu, 1913-1927), unique in fiction for its sustained fullness of thought and richness of characterization. Though In Search of Lost Time is saturated with details of French bourgeois and aristocratic life at the turn of the century, it retains its freshness for readers today because Proust's concerns—the meaning of love and time, as understood through an individual's memories—are always relevant. The novel is encyclopedic: its chief themes include the genesis of erotic attachment and jealousy, the growth of wisdom, and the dawning of artistic consciousness. What sets Proust's work apart, however, is not his subject matter but his way of treating it. The unnamed first-person narrator's story is laced with digressive explorations of the feelings and thoughts underlying even the smallest actions.
Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina
Tolstoy, Leo
1918 (2012)
Originally published: London : Oxford University Press, 1918. "Now a major motion picture starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law"--P. [1] of cover. "The official tie-in edition"--P. [1] of cover.